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“Beauty and Serenity in this gorgeous B & B”

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Holmwood Guesthouse
Ranked #2 of 10 Cowes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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“Beauty and Serenity in this gorgeous B & B”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

This stunningly renovated guest house has lovely large and comfortable rooms, all with en suite. There is also a lovely lounge and bright sunny breakfast area. My room looked out onto the glorious cottage garden, and had a lovely old fashioned verandah. It's quiet and peaceful and the food was fantastic. Just 2 minutes to Cowes beach you can walk for miles in either direction, but you are away from all the busyness and noise of the shopping area, and it's such a peaceful place to stay when enjoying the attractions of Phillip Island.
The hosts are very friendly and welcoming and can't do enough for you to make your stay the best it can be.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Holmwood's furnishing and decor is simply outstanding. It immediately struck us as a home from home, a place we could relax, unwind and pause, whilst soaking up the beauty of the island. The flowery garden and wooden porches made sitting in nature all the more enjoyable, especially whilst enjoying delicious home baked tarts or a glass of their fine selection of wines.

The accommodation is simply superb. Our room was beautifully appointed and could easily qualify as a decor prize winner in a Vogue competition.

We also viewed the three guest cottages which were beautifully appointed with a kitchenette and barbeque to accommodate two adults and two children.

Our appreciation of quality home cooking increases when travelling, and again, we were delighted with an array of delicious open sandwiches for lunch and perfectly cooked salmon and salads for dinner.

Jill, the owner, is a seasoned traveller and we found her perspective on what to do and see on the island very helpful.

We have already recommended Holmwood to a number of our friends and will certainly continue to suggest this tranquil haven as a home from home to anyone intending to visit Phillip Island.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Holmwood, Owner at Holmwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, December 8, 2012
John,

We appreciate your taking the time to write about your recent experience at Holmwood. Jill and I enjoyed your company and it was a pleasure to show you through the rest of the property beyond the guesthouse. The Spa Cottages that you inspected are a very attractive alternative to the main house, especially for couples wanting a romantic getaway. By choosing to stay for a couple of days, you were able to experience the best of Phillip Island's fabulous coastal walks which probably explains why you were ready to 'flop and pause' at the end of each day. Our private in-house dining is the perfect solution when you've had a big walk and it's great to read that you enjoyed our home style cooking.

Jason
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed in a room in the main house, and felt at home right away. We only stayed for one night, but felt treated like you would tried a good friend you haven seen for ages.
The room where spotless with a nice decor, and very well located.
The breakfast was to die for and the owner the most helpful lady, with a good deal of traveling experience herself.
This is the dot on the i on a mustsee island in Australia, and the best place we stayed on our 3 week road trip!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Holmwood, Owner at Holmwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Jolkro,

Thank you for sharing your impressions of your recent stay at Holmwood. In fact, you're our first review since Jill and I took over the property on July 2. Four months on, we have totally rebuilt the guesthouse from the floorboards all the way up to the top of the brand new roof. Our amazing team of local builders worked long and hard to ensure we could reopen in time for the Phillip Island Motocycle Grand Prix in October.

It's so pleasing to receive such positive feedback, especially about Holmwood's new interior design. Each room now has so much more space and light and provides a totally different experience. I believe we have struck the right balance by creating modern, comfortable, elegant interiors while maintaining that homely, welcoming ambience that Holmwood has always been known for. It's a wonderful old/new building and a pleasure to share it.

As you say, we do try very hard to make our guests feel welcome and breakfast at Holmwood is an important part of that experience. We're delighted to hear that our efforts are striking the right note.
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Property: Holmwood Guesthouse
Address: 37 Chapel St | (cnr Steele St), Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Holmwood Guesthouse 4.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a cottage garden in a quiet tree lined street, Holmwood Guesthouse is the perfect place to pause and explore the natural attractions of Phillip Island, offering a choice of Bed & Breakfast accommodation or self-contained Spa Cottages, less than two hours drive from Melbourne.Holmwood Guesthouse is a stylish boutique retreat with three elegantly appointed rooms and two luxurious self-contained Spa Cottages, all just a five minute stroll from the Cowes main swimming beach, cafes and shops and just a fifteen minute drive to the Penguin Parade, Moto Grand Prix Circuit, spectacular coastal walks and wineries. All accommodation options have ensuite bathrooms, television, heating/cooling, complimentary wi-fi and the Spa Cottages also have private courtyard gardens, verandahs, barbeques and wood fires in winter. Depending on the season, breakfast (included in the Guesthouse rooms tariff, or as an extra for our Spa Cottage guests) is served in the dining room near the open fire or on the sun deck. We are licensed, so drinks and local wines are available and for group bookings a special dinner menu can be arranged for a private dining experience. The menu is prepared fresh daily according to availability of produce and guests' preferences.Holmwood Guesthouse is suitable for couples, small families and groups up to 10-14. For travellers on a self paced, round-Australia driving holiday, Holmwood is an ideal place to stay a while, unwind, be pampered or left alone, catch up with the washing and take time to truly experience the unique attractions of Phillip Island. ... more   less 
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